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Old 04-24-2016, 04:28 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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... I'm curious, but it looks... uh... "different."

...was gonna go in but it was late and I was kinda and by the random peacock that greeted me in the parking lot and the trailer park and other residences that are about a hundred yards down the road from where tigers are located.

the staff member at the ticket window was very nice, however.

I'm gonna go at some point, but someone give me the lowdown.
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:10 PM
 
Location: NC High Country
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I don't know anything about it personally, but found their website: Aloha Safari Zoo - Home

Although they describe themselves as having a mission of rescue and education, they do not appear to have 501(c)3 charitable tax status. That is no way is a criticism, just observation. Based on the information on their website, they do seem passionate about their work and their hearts are in the right place.
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:47 AM
 
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They have some amazing animals there. Most were "pets" people could not manage themselves or show animals. The back part allows a lot of room for them to roam (camels and many other African plains animals). I can only imagine their budget is stressed and its not ideal conditions for all animals. I think they rely upon many volunteers. Don't expect your polished zoo experience since its a rescue center, but it's a good weekend stop just to see what they have there.

UNC-TV piece on them...
http://video.unctv.org/video/2365095753/
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Old 04-25-2016, 07:03 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I don't know anything about it personally, but found their website: Aloha Safari Zoo - Home

Although they describe themselves as having a mission of rescue and education, they do not appear to have 501(c)3 charitable tax status. That is no way is a criticism, just observation. Based on the information on their website, they do seem passionate about their work and their hearts are in the right place.

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They have some amazing animals there. Most were "pets" people could not manage themselves or show animals. The back part allows a lot of room for them to roam (camels and many other African plains animals). I can only imagine their budget is stressed and its not ideal conditions for all animals. I think they rely upon many volunteers. Don't expect your polished zoo experience since its a rescue center, but it's a good weekend stop just to see what they have there.

UNC-TV piece on them...
Video: Aloha Safari Zoo | Watch NC Weekend Online | The University of North Carolina Center for Public Television Video

thanks for the info y'all. I"m definitely going back to experience the zoo. And based on Web site, they do seem passionate about the cause. It doesn't seem like a lot of land, but looks can be deceiving. I would imagine the budget is stressed, too. Gonna go back soon, and take the Safari ride.
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